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Lochmara Day Trips

Lochmara Day Trips

Cruise to Lochmara, one of Marlborough's most popular destinations, taking in the surrounding beautiful Queen Charlotte Sounds on your way. Once at Lochmara you can access the paddle boards, kayaks and fully self-explore the 11 acres of nature and art trails, wildlife, conservation, animal education and feeding. Book a guided tour on our underwater observatory (charges apply), one of only two in NZ, where you can learn about the local underwater world from our qualified marine biologist and/or zoologist guides. Guests can simply do as much or as little as they like when they visit, including just sitting back and relaxing with a good book to soak in the serenity.


NZ$ 75.00

Per Person


  • 11 acres of bush trails and sculptures

  • Licensed Cafe/Restaurant

  • Free use of kayaks and paddleboards

  • Safe swimming beach

  • Conservation projects

Full Description

Boat cruise to Lochmara on the Lochmara water taxi taking only 20 minutes! Possible marine mammal and sea bird viewing en route to Lochmara. Free use of the kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.Safe swimming beach with children’s play equipment.See the native Kākāriki parakeets, Kunekune pigs, Arapawa goats, and eels being fed. Explore Lochmara's 11 acres of native bush trails, sculptures, conservation projects, and wildlife. 

Licensed Cafe/Restaurant providing a range of food including a children's menu, cabinet food and icecream. Retail and art shop at Lochmara Reception and art features in the cafe. Queen Charlotte Track (QCT) panoramic lookout hike being 3.5 hours return. A QCT pass is required at $15.00 per adult from our office, or walk on our own tracks at no extra cost


Kayaks, Paddleboards and life jackets. Beach toys for younger members of the family

Meeting Point

Please report to the Lochmara Picton office 30 minutes prior to departure. Next to the coat hanger bridge, Wellington Street.

If requiring a car park, please allow plenty of time from 20 December to 20 January.

Please Note, Lochmara is not a picnic venue. No BYO or picnics please.



Additional Information

Wear flat walking shoes or Sandals. Jandals and slides not recommended.
Bring insect repellent and sunscreen

The underwater observatory tour is available for a hands-on experience at the seaside touch tank, guided access to the underwater observatory, and a potential stingray encounter subject to whether the wild stingray wish to see you or not! Additional charges apply and can be booked separately on the day.

Cancellation policy

Full refund if cancelled up to 24 hours before activity starts.

Good weather is required for this experience. If we need to cancel due to poor weather, you'll be offered a different date or a full refund.

There is a minimum number of travellers for this experience. If the minimum isn't met and we need to cancel, we will offer a different date/experience or a full refund.


Lochmara is not a picnic venue. No BYO food or alcohol please, under 5 year old snacks fine.


NZ$ 75.00

Per Person

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